Reactions to Milwaukee Bucks waiving Rayjon Tucker and Luca Vildoza

CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 10 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks made a move on Tuesday that could be a sign of another move coming. Milwaukee waived both Rayjon Tucker and Luca Vildoza, per HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. The news came at an interesting time, after the team had listed both on their Summer League roster released on the same day.

Tucker and Vildoza both arrived in Milwaukee late in the regular season, just in time for the playoffs. Vildoza never appeared in a regular season game for the Bucks, while Tucker played in two, including getting big minutes in the team’s regular season finale.

Reactions to the Milwaukee Bucks waiving Luca Vildoza and Rayjon Tucker

On the surface, the move changes almost nothing for the team. Neither of the two had all that large of a role for the team anyway. If you dig deeper into the move, however, it creates available roster spots for the team to potentially make some moves.

The team still has some interesting decisions to make this offseason. Jordan Nwora is a restricted free agent this offseason, which means the Bucks will have the chance to match any offer given to him by other teams to bring him back. The move that should almost be expected after waiving Tucker and Vildoza is Milwaukee sending George Hill out of town following his atrocious performance in the 2022 postseason.

Unfortunately for both players, they never did get much of an opportunity on Milwaukee’s NBA roster. For Tucker, he mostly received garbage time minutes for the team. He did deliver one game where he showed his potential and why the Bucks signed him. In Milwaukee’s regular season finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tucker had 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. He also had an efficient shooting game, as he shot 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.

Vildoza didn’t suit up for the Bucks in a regular season game, but was available for the team’s playoff run. Similar to Tucker, all of his minutes were in garbage time. He played in 7 playoff games for the team, finishing with averages of 0.7 points, 0.3 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game in just 2.4 minutes per game.

Fans of the Bucks were disappointed after hearing the news of Vildoza’s departure, as most were excited to see how he would perform for the team in the Summer League this year. The good news for them is that they may still get that opportunity. A recent tweet from Vildoza’s agent suggests that the team may still be giving him that chance. He says that the Bucks are planning on bringing him back, possibly on Friday.

We may not have seen the end of Tucker within the Milwaukee Bucks organization either. Tucker has spent a lot of time in his career with the Wisconsin Herd, the G-League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks. Tucker has been a great player with the Herd, earning NBA contracts multiple times. Perhaps him and Vildoza could both return to play the Summer League and possibly the G-League as well, just not the NBA roster at this time.

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Stay tuned to see what transpires between these two and the Bucks in the coming days.